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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Bernina 830 Record £175
« on: June 15, 2022, 07:59:28 AM »
Hi guys,

I’ve been offered a well looked after and well used Bernina 830 Record for £175.

It only comes with the basic foot and no extra feet.

I’m very tempted as I do like the older solidly built machines. For those who have had this machine, is it worth it? Will I be able to buy parts and spare feet easily?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Best fabric shops/streets in London
« on: June 13, 2022, 16:14:43 PM »
I’m off to the smoke at the end of the month and I’d like to stock up on some gorgeous fabrics whilst there as there’s very little over here unless I travel for about 4 hours each way.

Vintage Machines / My 1956 Singer 99k treadle sewing machine
« on: May 05, 2022, 09:51:23 AM »
I recently bought this from a local charity shop for €80. It’s in pretty decent condition, and seems to be working ok and it came with a few bits.

It needs a clean so I’m thinking I’ll take it apart to get all the old grease and gunk out and and DH is going to refurb the treadle base for me.

It had a manual inside one of the drawers for a 201, so I wonder what happened to that one?

I’ve taken off the rubber mat on the treadle foot and removed the leather belt so that’s why it looks loose in the photos.

Current Projects / My first ever Quilt
« on: April 17, 2022, 11:09:24 AM »
Here it is finished. The pattern is called Noisy Farm by Wendy Gratz from Shiny Happy World.

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Ok, so I’ve played around with piecing bits together, made a few mug rugs and similar small useful items. However, I’m planning to make a toddler sized appliquéd quilt for my new granddaughter  :loveit: using pattern pieces from the Shiny Happy World website. Wendy on there has produced some really helpful tutorials.

In the meantime, I’m going to practice by making a simple pieced and quilted throw to go over a sofa. I’ve cut and pieced together 5” cotton squares into blocks of 4 squares. Pressed in one direction rather than opening the seams and pressing. (It felt odd doing that to be honest.)

So far, so good, I think!

QUESTION: I’m planning to do the Quilt as you go method (QAYG) so attaching a large square of wadding to the 4 pieced squares, quilting it then attaching the quilted squares together. However, I keep reading on here about people using different brands of COTTON thread for quilting.

I tend to use Gütermann Polyester thread for most of my dressmaking projects even when sewing woven cotton, and cheaper Moon brand polyester threads for other stuff.

Why do you choose to use cotton thread on a quilt? If you’re machine quilting rather than hand quilting, would you still prefer to use cotton thread? I always believed that cotton thread breaks more easily?

I want to get it right for when I make my toddler quilt.

Patterns Discussion / Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 07, 2022, 12:36:17 PM »
Has anyone bought any of the Japanese design Pattern Magic books?

I’m thinking of buying one using my Amazon gift voucher received for Christmas but from the scarce info. provided online, it’s not really clear to me what the books include. I’m wondering if the designs can be reproduced and maybe used in bag making and other accessories?

Your Favourite Suppliers / Post Brexit - Irish Sewing Suppliers?
« on: January 04, 2021, 10:28:02 AM »
Following Brexit, we now have to pay import fees on top of hefty postage fees to buy supplies from the U.K., so I’m looking to compile a list of Irish (or EU) suppliers that I can purchase from instead.

I know I can buy from the German based so will be swapping to them too. (You can have the page translated into English)

Please post any recommendations here as I’m sure I’m not the only person struggling to find alternative sources.

Thank you.

Vintage Machines / Old Singer 28k - should I keep it?
« on: November 27, 2020, 18:29:46 PM »
  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  DH spotted this in a local charity shop and bought it for me as my ‘Christmas present’.

He thinks he’s doing me a favour but I think it will end up being a dusty ornament. It has bits missing and I think he paid too much (€40) but he’s delighted with himself, so I’m pretending to be pleased for now.  :rolleyes:

I can clean it and it appears to work (handle moves and needle goes up and down), although I’ve never used that type of shuttle before.

Should I try to replace the missing bits and keep hold of it?

Vintage Machines / Novum Mark III sewing machine
« on: August 24, 2020, 21:44:10 PM »
Well, I think that’s what it is, having scoured lots of online pics.

I fitted the new motor, re-wired in the lamp, fitted a new led bulb and oiled it and blow me, it sews!  :loveit:

Wondering if anyone can advise?

My friend here in Ireland has a Pfaff varimatic 6085 that she’s had a while and uses for basic sewing, curtain, dressmaking etc. She carried it in her car to her sisters and it’s suddenly not working properly. The hand wheel is very stiff and it makes a straining noise.

She’s cleaned around the needle plate and bobbin area with a brush, hoovered it to see if there was any loose fluff and it’s stiff not working properly.  :(

Any suggestions please? 

Machine Accessories / Extra narrow presser foot
« on: July 03, 2020, 12:00:20 PM »
I’ve just been watching a YouTube bag making tutorial.
The lady is using an industrial machine and a very narrow presser foot which she can use for the zip and everything else without changing the foot.
It looks like a marvellous Multitasking foot to me.

Can you buy these feet for ordinary low shank domestic machines?

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The Haberdashery / Gütermann Overlocker thread - very fine
« on: March 07, 2020, 12:22:21 PM »
I mentioned this in the Today thread but it will probably get lost in time, so I’m re-posting it here.

I bought 2 mini cones of Gütermann Overlocker thread to try in my fussy Juki sewing machine. There’s 2000mtrs on a cone and it worked out about £6 each with the exchange rate. I’d not seen this thread before, only normal Gütermann all purpose thread and moon thread so I thought I’d give it a try. Maeve (in the fabric store) sells mostly bridal and posh dress type fabrics and said a lot of her customers who make bridal wear use this thread as it’s finer than normal Gütermann thread.

When I got home I wound some thread on the bobbin and then sewed some trial seams.
OMG, what a revelation!!
My Juki sewed it beautifully, and I think I’ve solved my weird tension issues. I didn’t have to change the top tension at all. My Brother machine will sew with any old thread but I was always having to adjust the top tension on the Juki.

This is the thread. The plastic cone it’s on is peach coloured not white as that’s a different Overlocker thread.

Google Gütermann Tera 180 overlock thread

I bought colour 722 as a nude type colour and the white.

Hope this might be of some help to others?

The Haberdashery / Aurifil thread
« on: March 01, 2020, 13:23:16 PM »
My Juki machine isn’t fussed with Moon thread. It will sew it but it seems happier with smoother thread like Gütermanns
so I was looking online for some suppliers and came across barnyarns in the U.K.

They sell a brand called Aurifil in larger spools. I’ve seen this brand mentioned elsewhere.

Can anyone advise if this a suitable all purpose type thread for general sewing or is it meant for more specialist sewing machines like embroidery machines?

I’m trying to find a brand of all purpose type Thread that my Juki will love. My Brother machine is a pure floosie and will play with anything very happily but the Juki seems a lot fussier.

Thank you lovelies.

Sewing Machines / Old vintage (?) Singer machine - advice please
« on: February 27, 2020, 17:51:58 PM »
Hello lovely experts,

We had a new lady join our sewing group yesterday and she brought along this machine. It was her mum’s and it had been converted to electric from being a hand crank but she was never taught how to use it.

She was asking me about sewing a new zip onto a toddler play suit so I rummaged in the little box at the side and she had a zipper foot. Great, unfortunately, I’ve no idea how to thread the machine so can anyone point me to some instructions please? It works and sews but I’ve not threaded it yet.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

The Haberdashery / Too much choice - thread!
« on: January 03, 2020, 12:15:05 PM »
Are there some basic rules about threads? I’ve tried searching but I think I’m using the wrong terms, possibly?

I’d bought some embroidery threads (pretty colours!) and used them to pep up my basic mug mats etc. that I made for Xmas presents but I found them breaking constantly on my more expensive Juki although they sewed ok on my much cheaper Brother machine. I used the same thread for the bobbin as I used on the top, before anyone asks.  :)

It got me thinking and I wondered if there is a useful guide someone can point me too that explains about different types of threads and their uses?

I was reading some US pages and they included various brandnames of thread (many I’d never heard of) and disparaging Gütermann, which I thought was a top brand, plus used a numbering system that I’ve not seen either

It’s all rather confusing... :S

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